ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Four Democratic hopefuls are running in the primary for the chance to face off with Kim Davis in the general election for Rowan County clerk.
It’s one of the more hotly contested races in Morehead and is being closely watched across the U.S. The winner of the Democratic primary will take on Davis in November.
Davis is best known for her divisive decision to deny marriage licenses in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. The former Democrat is now running as a Republican.
One of the names in the Democratic primary that’s been grabbing a lot of attention and donations from around the country is David Ermold. In 2015, Ermold was denied a marriage license by Davis.
Donations began pouring in for Ermold from out of state and from celebrities including Amy Schumer and Susan Sarandon. So far, he has raised $200,000 for an election that could require as few as 900 votes to win.
Another name people may recognize from the past is Elwood Caudill Jr. He ran against Davis in the democratic primary in 2014 and lost by 23 votes. He has worked in the County Property Valuation Office for the last 20 years.
Rounding out the ballot are lifelong Rowan County resident Jamey Jessee and Nashia Fife, who is a Navy veteran and instructor at Morehead State University.
The winner of this race, regardless of who it is, will make national headlines.